Thursday, January 13, 2011

Domestic terrorism awake in red states

The news that Jared Loughner had been pulled over three hours before his Safeway date, clicked. That his behavior had been documented by poorly-equipped staff, clicked. An isolated manchild with access to guns, clicked. When a troubled college student was involved it clicked again. Five instances of domestic terrorism; five red states.

Red states fail at talking about mental health, too:
The big issue is the right's message of fear that is sometimes laced with flammable inferences. The week after President Obama's election, gun sales jumped 50 percent and gun stores still can't keep up with ammunition demands. Domestic terrorism has the same roots as foreign terrorism. Loughner defined a terrorist as "a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon."
Think about it: except for the attacks of September 11 (because some would argue that that was a case of domestic terrorism, too) mass killings take place overwhelmingly more often in red states.

Montana has a Democrat in the attorney general's office; South Dakota, of course, does not.

Connect the dots pdq.

1 comment:

caheidelberger said...

I'm thinking about it. Correlation does not equal causation. But dang....